Lenny Pruss

General Partner

Lenny Pruss is a General Partner at Amplify Partners. He has more than eight years of experience working alongside and on behalf of entrepreneurs as an advisor, mentor, and investor.

Lenny works with technical founders solving complex problems across systems and infrastructure, developer tools, cybersecurity, and emerging enterprise technologies.

Prior to joining Amplify Partners, he was a Principal with Redpoint Ventures where he led the firm’s investments in Hashicorp and LightStep. Lenny began his career with RRE Ventures in New York where he shaped the firm’s enterprise investment thesis and backed companies including Datadog and WhipTail Technologies (acquired by Cisco). He holds an MBA from Harvard Business School where he was a founding partner of Rock Venture Partners, a student-led seed investment fund, and a B.S. with honors from UC Berkeley.

Having been born in St. Petersburg, Russia, Lenny refuses to accept the 1980s ‘Miracle on Ice’ ever happened and is a die-hard fan of the San Jose Sharks. He lives in San Francisco with his wife and puppy.

Favorite advice for startups

Understand and solve problems, don’t just build solutions.

Places he’s lived before Silicon Valley

Leningrad, Former Soviet Union; London; New York; Boston